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Over 30 Years of Legal Practice in Employment Law, Business Law, Commercial Litigation, and Mediation

Joan Quade has more than 30 years of legal practice and negotiating and/or litigating solutions to problems for businesses or for individuals. In addition to representing particular clients and businesses, Joan is also a qualified mediator able to resolve disputes between parties.

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Joan’s member profile was featured in the February 2013 MNCREW (Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women) newsletter and can be read in full at this link, Member Profile Joan Quade.

Current Employment Position:


Board of Director


Areas of Practice:

Commercial Litigation

Mediation Services

Construction Defect and Roofing Cases

Toxic Mold Cases

Business Disputes

Employment Investigations

Real Estate Disputes

Unlawful Detainers

Non Competes and Other Employment Law Issues

Defense of Employment Law Disputes and Investigations

Labor Arbitration

Information Technology Control and Related Security Issues

Defends daycare providers against license revocation or licensing issues

Additional Qualifications:
Qualified Civil Arbitrator

Minnesota Statewide ADR Rule 114 Neutral Mediator

Bar Admissions:

Minnesota State Bar Association, 1987

Wisconsin State Bar Association, 2009

Minnesota Supreme Court, Oct. 1987

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1988

U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1988

U.S. Supreme Court, 1999


J.D., Hamline University School of Law, 1987, cum laude

Associate Justice Student Bar Association, Appellate Division

Law Journal: Hamline Journal of Law and Public Policy, Editor, 1986- 1987 (Published Article)

B.A., College of St. Scholastica. 1980, Nursing/Humanities


Honors and Awards:

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™

Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2011 Inaugural Edition
Martindale Hubbell-Exclusive to women lawyers who have acheived the Highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards AV Preeminent.

Published Works:

The Minnesota Medicaid Demonstration Project, Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, 1986

Hidden Deterioration of Your Commercial Roof Deck, MNCREW Events and News, 1999

Representative Supreme Court Cases:

Master Asphalt Co. v. Voss Construction Co., 535 N.W. 349 (Minn. 1995)

Appellate Cases:

Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District No. 11, Respondent v. Kenneth A. Nordstrom, Appellant; C7-02-473

Ericka Kathleen Richardson, Appellant v. Biff’s Billiards Sports Bar; A030372

5th Street Ventures, Appellant v. Frattalones Hardware Stores, Respondent; A032036

Lynn M. Borders, Appellant v. James S. Pipp; A041412

Mark Fuhr, et al, Appellants v. D.A. Smith Builders, Respondent; A042457

JEM Acres d/b/a Birch Haven Resort, Respondent v. Patrick J. Bruno; A08735

Veronica Thomas, Appellant v. Coleman Enterprises, Respondent; C6-99-1327

Robin Langehaug, Appellant v. Mary T., Inc.; C4-98-1445

George Osgood, et al., Appellants v. Troy A. Stanton, et al.; A08-1211

Arbitration Awards:

Stearns County v. Grabmeier

Steele County v. Ringhofer

Steele County v. Mollenhauer

City of Champlin v. Swenson

City of Lakeville v. Nielsen

City of Champlin v. Johans

City of Anoka v. Radniecki


Anoka County District Court Ruling

Medical Insurance Issues: Denial of Claims

Building Mold – A “Growing” Problem


Non-Compete Agreements

Collection of Your Accounts Receivable

Classes/Seminars Taught:

When Mold Takes Hold, Mn. CLE, 2003

Evidence in the Courtroom, Mn. CLE, 2003

Mold – Residential, Commercial and Tenant Claims, 2002

Mediating the Sexual Harassment Case, William Mitchell College of Law, 1998

The Trial of a Sexual Harassment Case, Minnesota State Bar Association, March 27, 1998

Critical Legal Issues for Nurses, William Mitchell College of Law

What Mediators Need to Know From an Advocate’s Prospective, William Mitchell College of Law, 1999

Dispute Resolution in the 21st Century – an Introduction for Business People, Minnesota Small Business Assistance Office, June 17, 1999

FMLA, ADA and Workers Compensation, Midwest Center for Environmental and Occupational Health

Classes in Learning to Speak the Hmong Language, 1983

Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Arbitration Association – Construction Arbitration

Appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court as 21st District Ethics Committee Chair 2015

Appointed by the Supreme Court to the  Judicial Selection Committee (2003 to 2010)

Anoka County Bar Association, 1988 – Present

Past President, 1997 – 1998

Minnesota State Bar Association, 1988 – Present

American Association of Nurse Attorneys, 1992 – Present

Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, 1988 – Present

YMCA – Emma B. Howe Family YMCA

Board of Directors, 1992 – 2000

President, Board of Directors, 1997 – 1999

Humane Society, 1998 – 2000 Volunteer

Springbrook Nature Center Foundation Board

Past Employment Positions:

St. Paul – Ramsey Medical Center, Registered Nurse/Labor and Delivery/Prenatal Education Coordinator, 1980 – 1987


Articles by Joan M. Quade:

Seminars and Publications:

A Practical Look at Arbitration as a Growing Trend

Posted by Joan M. Quade on Friday, September 27th, 2019 in Commercial Litigation, Corporate & Business law, Mediation

Medical Cannabis: What it Means for Minnesota Employers

Posted by Joan M. Quade on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 in Corporate & Business law

Retaliation for Mobile Home Park Tenants Demanding Their Rights

Posted by Joan M. Quade on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 in Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Law

Water Well Regulation in Minnesota

Posted by Joan M. Quade on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 in Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Law

The Septic System Quagmire: Septic System Regulation in Minnesota

Posted by Joan M. Quade on Monday, September 16th, 2013 in Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Law

Transporting and Spreading of Cremated Remains

Posted by Joan M. Quade on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 in Estate Planning

What The Law Says About Miniature Horses as Service Animals

Posted by Joan M. Quade on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 in Commercial Litigation, News & Events

Anoka County District Court Awards $73,938.75 in Sanctions Against Defendant for Discovery Misconduct

Posted by Joan M. Quade on Monday, February 25th, 2013 in Commercial Litigation

Medical Insurance Issues: Denial of Claims

Posted by Joan M. Quade on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 in Commercial Litigation

Collection of Your Accounts Receivable

Posted by Joan M. Quade on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 in Commercial Litigation

Building Mold – A “Growing” Problem

Posted by Joan M. Quade on Sunday, December 20th, 2009 in Real Estate Law

Bankruptcy Overview and the Unexpired Lease

Posted by Joan M. Quade on Sunday, December 20th, 2009 in Real Estate Law


Posted by Joan M. Quade on Sunday, December 20th, 2009 in Real Estate Law

Non-compete Agreements

Posted by Joan M. Quade on Sunday, December 20th, 2009 in Commercial Litigation